Bald Eagles down George Mason in EWL action

LOCK HAVEN — With a very successful pre-season behind it that resulted in many individual honors and a couple of team titles, it was time for the Lock Haven University wrestling team to begin its dual meet portion of the 2018-19 schedule.

Friday night at Thomas Field House, the Bald Eagles began its Eastern Wrestling League schedule by taking care of business in downing George Mason University in a white-out atmosphere.

Wasting no time getting things rolling, the Bald Eagles won the first four bouts and seven of the 10 in the meet to defeat the Patriots by the final of 28-10 before a noisy packed house of 2,503 fans.

“With the whiteout tonight, it provided an awesome environment and a lot of noise that the guys seemed to feed off of,” said Lock Haven coach Scott Moore. “I think the community is buying into the wrestling program and they came out in full force tonight. Even with some other events going on in the area, we were able to pack the house again.”

Happy with the team win, Moore was especially happy with the efforts of a number of the younger guys on the team.

“We had some great performances with two freshmen (Luke McGonigal and Dalton Rohrbaugh) getting big wins in close matches,” said Moore. “Luke Werner came out and jump started the team to get us rolling, Kyle Shoop did his thing and those were team points we needed in a meet like this. Overall, I thought it was a good team effort, but we can’t sit on this one. We have to continue to improve.”

Werner got the ball rolling for the Bald Eagles at 125 when he mauled Taiha Farooq for an 18-1 technical fall, Werner dominating Farooq by racking up four takedowns and ten back points en route to his dominating win.

“I never wrestled him before, but I knew with the work we put in as a team they wouldn’t be able to match the pace that we were going to bring,” explained Werner. “We went out there to score points and we just got after them. After a while, I felt that he didn’t want to be out on the mat any longer. It seemed as though he was trying not to give up any points, but he didn’t want to score points. Knowing that, I just had to keep my attack going.”

Rohrbaugh made his LHU debut a good one at 133 with a solid 8-1 win over Mel Ortiz before NCAA qualifier Kyle Shoop looked to be in mid-season form with a 16-0 technical fall over Alex Carida in 1:40 of the first period.

The Bald Eagles picked up a big win at 149 when George Mason’s Tejon Anthony was leading Jonathan Ross 5-2 in the middle period before Ross felt Anthony putting himself in a precarious position, Ross taking advantage of Anthony’s mistake as he applied a half spladle for the fall with 31 seconds left in the middle period.

“I call it a half spladle because I didn’t actually have both of his legs,” explained Ross. “When I got him in that position, I knew I had to pin him really quick. My legs weren’t feeling real great and he was able to get me on a double leg right off the bat. Actually I didn’t get the proper leg in so I have to work on that. I worked a lot with guys getting my leg and my working out of it and tonight it paid off.”

With LHU holding onto it 19-0 lead, the Patriots made most of their noise in the next two bouts when former DuBois standout Kolby Ho majored Alex Klucker 11-3 and Neil Schuster followed with a 2-0 verdict over Colin Glorioso.

LHU 28, George Mason 10

125: Luke Werner (LHU) tech fall Talha Farooq, 18-1, 6:23. 133: Dalton Rohrbaugh (LHU) dec. Mel Ortiz, 8-3. 141: Kyle Shoop (LHU) tech fall Julio Alegria, 16-0, 1:40. 149: Jonathan Ross (LHU) pinned Tejon Anthony, 4:29. 157: Kolby Ho (GMU) major dec. Alex Klucker, 11-3. 165: Neil Schuster (GMU) dec. Collin Glorioso, 2-0. 174: Jared Siegrist (LHU) dec. Phil Stolfi, 4-2. 184: Corey Hazel (LHU) dec. Paul Pierce, 9-6. 197: Luke McGonigal (LHU) dec. Eli Spencer, 10-4. 285: Matt Voss (GMU) dec. Thomas Haines, 5-2.

Records: Lock Haven (1-0, 1-0 EWL).